The game isn't just about drivers, irons and putters. What you wear on the greens can make a huge difference in not only how comfortable you are, but also how powerful a swing you can make. Trust our golf shoe and accessory reviews to help you choose the equipment that best suits you.
An insider’s look at some of the hot new stuff for 2010
The WORD from Nate Radcliffe, metalwoods development manager in Cleveland’s R&D division: The rules of the modern game govern energy transfer, stability and other key design variables, but historically the weight and balance point of the golf club have been governed more by available technologies than by the rule books.
Fueling your body for optimal performance on the fairways
From the outside golf seems like a relaxing game, people walking around enjoying a nice day outdoors... And because of this perception some people do not consider golfers to be "true" athletes. In fact golfers themselves rarely prepare themselves like athletes.
If there’s one person to whom we can attribute the amazing advancements we’ve witnessed in golf equipment over the last 40-plus years, Karsten Solheim is the man. His knack for pioneering new designs inspired an entire golf industry to follow in his footsteps, with various equipment manufacturers constantly trying to outdo one another with technological advancements.
If you think you?re too good for training aids, think again
We editors have spent countless hours on the practice tee at PGA Tour events, and have watched dozens of pros use training aids in their practice routines. (In fact, some Tour players believe in them so much that they either own a part of the company or are more than happy to endorse them.) Golf training aids are the real deal, and the old stigma that they make a complicated game even more difficult is long gone. If you need proof, just check out the following pages. You’ll see several models that the best players in the world use.
Choosing the right golf ball for your game can make all the difference
Even golf magazine editors sometimes need to see things for ourselves. Throughout the year, we’re inundated with countless “golf ball test results,” indicating the performance benefits of one ball versus another. We admit there are real differences between golf ball categories—we don’t dispute that. But we’re also clever enough to understand that no two golf ball tests are exactly alike. In fact, they’re all done under different conditions, with different clubs, swing speeds, launch conditions, weather types and a bunch of other variables that are hard to quantify.
What is the freshest category in golf? We think fairway woods and hybrids have benefitted from a ton of new technology, making them more playable and more useful than ever before.
Today, fairway woods have become longer, bigger and more powerful than ever. Hybrids, on the other hand, have become more specific, acting as either long-iron replacements or high-lofted fairway-wood replacements. The key is to begin analyzing your current set makeup in order to determine what’s missing. Need a club that goes 215 yards and stops on a dime? How about a 3-wood that flies almost as far as your driver, albeit a lot straighter? Maybe both?
Choosing the right golf ball is just as important as choosing the right set of clubs. With the right ball, you can quickly add yards, hit it higher and optimize your ballspin on and around the greens.
In golf’s modern era, the small, round dimpled orbs that fill the pockets of your golf bags are truly the sum of their parts. From the materials that make up its cover to how it’s filled inside, a golf ball’s composition greatly affects its behavior on the course. Among other things, it determines how high or low it launches off your clubface and spins around the green and how much it compresses when hit. In short, the modern golf ball is a technological masterpiece, with a number of different varieties built specifically for players of varying skill levels. They’ve truly come a long way since a bunch of feathers were sewn inside a ratty piece of leather.
Everybody should get their clubs fitted, right? Two GT editors test that theory out. Read how their experience can help you.
For a while, it seemed as though getting your clubs custom fit was reserved for Tour players and those who take their golf game extra-seriously. But now, custom fitting is made available to everyone, thanks to a new era of golf clubs that feature all kinds of equipment geared for various types of golfers. Also, clubfitting has exploded beyond simple tape measurements and basic shaft flexes.
The year’s newest and best golf equipment is here! Whether it be a driver, iron, putter or anything in between, we’ve put together a list of some of the hottest new clubs. Check out a few of our top picks so far...
Despite all the technology in the clubhead and shaft, it's the grip that's really come a long way.
Grips have certainly come a long way. In fact, the new grips for ‘07 are more colorful and more functional than ever, thanks mostly to a handful of new material innovations that double as a fashion statement and a competitive advantage. Several models include multi-density rubbers and polymers that lend comfort, strength and tackiness where it’s needed most. Also, they’ve gotten a lot more durable and hold up better in the rain. Check out what’s new, and don’t hesitate when it comes time to put them on all your clubs. It’s a must-do every season.
PING golf clubs have always been closely associated with technology and advanced engineering, which isn’t surprising, considering the long tradition the company has of creating products that adhere to the “form follows function” philosophy.
Tour Edge is a company that’s come a long way in a short period of time. Starting in the mid-80s with custom-fitted clubs, Tour Edge carried a Midwest sensibility into the golf club manufacturing game, focusing on producing premium-quality equipment at a reasonable price.
Think the only things that make you a better golfer are clubs and balls? Well, think again. There?s a lot more to the game and it can all fit right in your bag.
We live in a modern world, where technology has become an integral part of our daily lives, from mapping our commutes via onboard navigation systems to wearing clothing with materials specifically designed to wick away moisture to capturing moments in time with our cell phones. We’re happy to report that the golf world isn’t immune to many of the same technological advancements.
What you wear on your feet can make a huge difference in not only how comfortable you are, but also how powerful a swing you can make
The soles of today’s top golf shoes have not only superb gripping capabilities, but also integrated webs and channels to whisk away water and debris for a steady grip. Better yet, most golf shoes resemble running shoes from the bottom, replete with a two-pod sole for a more effective weight transfer into the ball.
We're not talking range balls, Wiffle balls or those limited-flight Cayman balls either. We're talking golf balls the kind that go too far and spin too much.
No, it’s not the surface of the moon (left), it’s a super-close-up shot of a golf ball. In golf’s modern era, the small, round dimpled orbs that fill the pockets of your golf bags are truly the sum of their parts. From the materials that make up their covers to how it’s filled inside, a golf ball’s composition greatly affects its behavior on the course.
Club Specs Investigation: GT gets up and close with Hot Stix
“Welcome to Switzerland,” a man in a white lab coat says as we near a door marked “R & D: Employees Only.” Opposite this door, a guy is driving golf balls into a net about 10 feet in front of him. Off to his side, another man in a white lab coat is monitoring his progress on a computer screen, analyzing ball spin, launch angle and a variety of other numbers and graphs.
Heeding their famous teaching advisor’s words, the engineers in TaylorMade’s R&D department set out to design the ultimate fitting system that would not only properly fit golfers for a full set of clubs, but also allow them to try the actual clubs before making a purchase. They accomplished this task by analyzing six years worth of data from the company’s MATT (Motion Analysis Technology by TaylorMade) System, which focused on launch conditions and their significance.
Before you rush out and spend more than $100 on a new pair of golf shoes, first consider the condition your current spikes are in. Odds are, your golf shoes are poised to last for several seasons, but in the alternative-cleat era, polymer, rubber and plastic cleats require replacement at twice a year to keep your shoes performing how they were intended to.
When Wayne Levi collected his winner’s check for the 1982 Hawaiian Open, little was made of his 11-under score. Rather, Levi retains the dubious distinction for being the first golfer to win a PGA Tour event using a colored golf ball. And not just any colored ball—an optic orange Wilson Pro Staff colored ball.